For Complex Silence 4, mysterybear (Dave Seidel) provides a decidedly abstract, yet sublime exploration of the Golden Ratio
with two long-form tracks. He describes the creative process:
"Both tracks use intervals and waveforms derived from the Golden Ratio.
I usually compose in just intonation, which is based on rational numbers (whole number ratios). The golden
ratio, by contrast, is an irrational number. Intervals based on irrational numbers are more complex and less
consonant than pure (or just) intervals, and tend (to my ear) to have a darker quality which seemed to me to
be suitable for the Complex Silence project. Both pieces were written using blue and Csound.
"Meridian Transit" is simultaneously restless and static. The title refers to noon (i.e., when the sun crosses
the meridian), though it also reminds me somehow of 3:00 in the afternoon. Either way, for me it reflects the
hot, sunny, humid weather that has dominated northeastern US during the summer of 2009. It uses a five-note
scale and a seven-note scale that have no notes in common, and explores some of the different interval combinations
that result as the tones slowly shift through a series of four-note chords.
"Solar Midnight" is the scientific name for midnight, the opposite of noon, though for me it really covers
the period from about 10:00pm through 1:00am. This piece is more somber than its companion piece and uses longer tones.
It is structured as a mensuration canon, where the different voices (three, in this case) play the same sequence at
different time scales. There are two cycles: first all three voices are in the same register; then the voices are
at different transpositions. It uses a six-note non-octave scale."
Music composed and produced by Dave Seidel
Artwork and Series Concept by Phillip Wilkerson
The Complex Silence Series welcomes collaboration and contributions from fellow ambient artists who wish to contribute their
interpretation of similar musical themes and ideas.
At Archive.org (info for form)
Artist/Composer: Dave Seidel (mysterybear)
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States
Mysterybear offers two long-form abstract drones that are favorably reminiscent of La Monte Young's work. These two tracks are indeed complex and provide for an intense, yet intelligently focused listening experience.